Monday, April 22, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 35 Firearms Discovered Last Week – 26 Loaded



 
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
35 Firearms Discovered Last Week – of the 35 firearms, 26 were loaded and 10 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.
Novelty Grenade on plaque that states: "CompaintDept. Take a Number."
Novelty Grenade (ATL)
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Three inert grenades were discovered last week. Two were in carry-on bags at Atlanta (ATL), and Guam (GUM), and the other was in checked baggage at Las Vegas (LAS).
Stun Gun (IAD)
Stun Gun (IAD)

Stun Guns – 16 stun guns were discovered last week in carry-on bags around the nation.  Six were discovered at San Francisco (SFO), two at Seattle (SEA), and the others at Atlanta (ATL), Las Vegas (LAS), Lihue (LIH), Long Beach (LGB), Phoenix (PHX), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Sacramento (SMF), and Washington Dulles (IAD).

Knife in Shoe (IAD), Throwing Knife (LAX), and Road Flare (SLC)

Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A 3 ½” knife was discovered concealed in a toothbrush holder at Lihue (LIH).
  • A 3” knife was discovered concealed inside a shoe at Washington Dulles (IAD).
  • A 3” belt buckle knife was discovered at Guam (GUM).

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things -- to mention a few…

Firearms Discovered Last Week

2 loaded firearms.
7 loaded firearms.
2 loaded firearms.

35 Firearms Discovered Last Week – of the 35 firearms, 26 were loaded and 10 had rounds chambered.
You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.  

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. The 2011 list can be found here.

If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow-- All I can say is WOW...

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know what penalties were incurred for each of these offences. I can expect a novelty item to be minor, with no fines imposed; but I'd like to see how the outrageous individuals that try to carry loaded handguns or specifically concealed knives through are handled.
This brings to mind, for all those that are found, how many may go through. Scary!

Bob and Vivian said...

Do these people who carry lo0aded guns into the security area ger charged and fined??

Anonymous said...

Curtis, why is this dated 4/22 when it was posted on 4/23?

SSSS for some reason said...

And..... nothing. No terrorists. And no success stories to advertise with the fancy nudie-scanners.

Better luck next week TSA. There's a terrorist out there somewhere that you can catch. You'll get 'em someday.

RB said...

Any claim that this article was posted on 4/22/2013 are false.

Why can't TSA be honest?

Anonymous said...

I really have a hard time undersstanding how a person can forget that they have a gun in their luggage, much less that it is loaded or loaded and chambered. It's not like you forgot some shoes or jewelry to unpack. Safety is always a first for a gun owner-this is not a responsible owner! Anyone could have access, including a child!!

Anonymous said...

Once again, zero dangerous items located with expensive, invasive, slow, demeaning and obviously ineffective full body scanners.

Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB GUYS! THANKS FOR KEEP US SAFE!

Bert Matt said...

I have been working in a Security field for more then Six Years, and I am very pleased with my career, I truly believe that I'm protecting my Country United State of America. Due that there are some many criminal minds out there, I will donate my time and I will report any suspicious movements, upon God I trust...

RB said...

Bert Matt said...
I have been working in a Security field for more then Six Years, and I am very pleased with my career, I truly believe that I'm protecting my Country United State of America. Due that there are some many criminal minds out there, I will donate my time and I will report any suspicious movements, upon God I trust...

April 24, 2013 at 6:34 AM

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Your employer must be very proud.

Rich said...

I agree that they should know where there stuff is, but here's how one guy tried to bring 3 magazines full of ammo in a backpack through the checkpoint. He had used the backpack as a range bag 6 months prior and missed the 3 magazines when cleaning out the bag. The scanner picked up the magazines and the passenger was sidelined. He apologized several times throughout the process. Local law enforcement confiscated the mags and ammo and the passenger continued. Important security tip--don't use your luggage as range bags. Was he a terrorist? No, but it did grind the screening process to a halt while TSA, the deputy, and I determined that. Common sense people--it takes time to sort out what the sitiuation is, and that time causes delayed flights.

AE said...

Um, "Annonymous", how do you know that those found with firearms WEREN'T terrorists? Just sayin'

And, "Annonymous" (the other brother), a firearm in the wrong hands IS a dangerous . . . hello . . .

"Annonymous" (a cousin?), generally if a firearm is located in your bag, you get an up-close and personal visit with the local LEOs and POSSIBLY some accomodation by said individuals . . .

And finally, "Annonymous", so true. Leaving a round chambered is irresponsible gun ownership. And I don't know how they "forget" they have it in the bag either.

Anonymous said...

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/tsa_supervisor_caught_stealing.html

Once again passengers are more at risk of criminal activity from TSOs than from their fellow passengers.

Anonymous said...

This is strange, these are many of the same firearms as shown last week, taken at different angels.

Anonymous said...

So, Anonymous who posted at 5.58pm, when did a loaded gun with a round chambered cease to be dangerous ?

Anonymous said...

AE said...
Um, "Annonymous", how do you know that those found with firearms WEREN'T terrorists? Just sayin'

So, your position is that the TSA simply...lets terrorists go?? Great.

Anonymous said...

I surprised the the number of snide comments/questions that appear every week. I do understand that some people don't agree with the cost/benefit efficacy of TSA procedures. I think the TSA is doing a difficult job well. Thanks for posting the details every week.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
AE said...
Um, "Annonymous", how do you know that those found with firearms WEREN'T terrorists? Just sayin'

So, your position is that the TSA simply...lets terrorists go?? Great.

What else are they supposed to do with them, as I'm sure they have no real SOP for if they actually find one, especially if that one is a suicide bomber intent on attacking the checkpoint. The former TSAgent over at TakingSenseAway suggests running away as fast as they can.

Bill said...

I paid to check my bag so I could take knife.It was taken.A $180 Knife!!! Nobody know what happened to it I know it's gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Bill of the stolen knife; did you file a claim with the airline? I should HOPE the there is video of bagage openings. If by the TSA, you should have found a printed notice inside your bag, but if your complaint is true, maybe there was no note.